Taking Care Of Their Smile: How to Brush Your Pet’s Teeth

It seems easy; if you want pet care advice, just ask Alexa or Siri or do a short Google search. Of course, it’s always hard to know what and who to trust on-line.

At Redwood Veterinary Hospital we believe your source of reliable pet care information should be your family veterinarian. In that spirit, we’d like to share with you the importance of preventative dental care for your pet and more specifically, how to brush their teeth. When it comes to pet health and longevity, caring for your pet’s oral health can play an important role, and we believe can improve the quality and quantity of your pet’s life.

Issues with the teeth in pets are often “silent” problems, and pet owners may not even know their pet is suffering with dental disease. Dental disease is one of the most common pet health conditions we see.  It affects a whopping 85% of pets by the time they reach 4 years of age. 

A Dental Care Plan of regular exams, professional cleanings, and x-rays, as well as home care can help keep dental disease in check. At-home brushing plays a critical role by slowing the return of plaque and tarter between cleanings. Learning how to brush your pet’s teeth is not difficult, and in most cases can be mastered with a little time and patience.

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Pearly Whites: The Importance of Pet Dental Health

Pet dental health is so important to the overall wellness of any pet. Perhaps you’ve noticed that your pet’s breath is not as fresh as it could be. Bad breath may actually be a red flag that something is wrong in the mouth. It’s smart to take a closer look at the importance of pet dental health, and Redwood Veterinary Hospital is here to show you the way.

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Over 95% of cats and dogs will need treatment for some form of dental disease in their lives. Periodontal disease not only causes bad breath, but infected gums, tooth loss, and possibly even systemic disease of the heart, liver, or kidneys.

Periodontal disease begins when bacteria combine with food particles to cause plaque on the teeth. Over time, this plaque hardens into tartar, which leads to inflammation of the gums (gingivitis) both above and below the gum line. The bacterial buildup eventually destroys the supporting structures of the tooth, including the root and the bone below.

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